Education and a Controversial Miss America

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The annual Miss America pageant includes a question-and-answer portion in which women have twenty seconds to give a detailed response to questions related to national and global current events. The answers tend to be non-controversial, even if they do have strong private opinions about the topic. This year, however, Cara Mund, Miss North Dakota (and now Miss America 2018), along with many other contestants, did not follow in the same path. When Mund was asked:…

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Wabi-Sabi: How Perfectionists are Ruining Art

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This semester, I’m taking English 355, “Small Press Publishing,” with Professor Jo Van Arkel. I’ve been looking forward to this class since I saw it in the Drury course catalogue as a freshman. The nerd in me is loving every second of this class, and I’ve found that what we’re learning in there is also relevant to a larger conversation about perfection and process. The class is as much about navigating the waters of publishing…

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“Witch Hunts”: Now and Then, Myths and Realities

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“Witch hunt” is a phrase that has been thrown around in social media a lot recently, from Donald Trump’s tweets to people boycotting and harassing people who wore PacSun clothing in an attempt to destroy the business over a shirt. The use of the phrase, “witch hunt,” implies mass hysteria or paranoia around something arbitrary or nonexistent. Unfortunately, “witch hunts” have been going on for centuries, and there are a lot of false assumptions made about…

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Earth Day Every Day: March for a Purpose

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To many today, our annual recognition of Earth Day seems like it has been a part of human history for ages, when in fact the opposite is true. The founding of Earth Day and the first day to fall under this name was on April 22, 1970, only 47 years ago. While people tend to view the 70s as a time for peace and love, it was also a time for realization. People recognized that…

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